It’s my second year participating in The Subjective Chaos Kind of Awards! I’m ready to participate in the Awards’ 5th year! In short, (now) several bookbloggers participate in their version of a literary awards for traditionally published works from the speculative fiction genre (for indie works, please look to both SPFBO and SPSFC respectively). Each of us selects one or more nominees that was published during the previous year and place them in a category (some of them can fall under more than 1); and during the nomination process, all of the judges reads each of those nominees (that is correct) and then each judge votes on their 2 Picks. Each 2 with the highest tallied points moves on to the Finals. There must be at least 4 judges for each Category, hence why there are a couple of new ones this year.
This year, I’m one of 14 participants and the list of nominees are even more chaotic than they were last year! In fact, there are some “double nominees,” but that doesn’t mean it makes the process easier. Actually, I had to select additional nominees in certain categories and shuffle other ones from one category into another either for more variety or for better matchups. I didn’t mind in fact, I believe this demonstrates how “chaotic” these awards are, especially during the initial process.
This year, I nominated books in all but 2 categories because I have NOT read anything in those categories. Ironically, those categories are the long-and-short of it (if you get my meaning). I’ve read some of the nominees, which is a great start, but I have a lot more to read. Nevertheless, I’m very excited for this year’s awards!
Adri (@adrijjy) is co-editor of the Hugo Award winning fanzine Nerds of a Feather, Flock Together, and a semi-aquatic mammal currently living in the UK. She divides her time between reading, interacting with dogs, and working in international development. She can also be found at Strange Horizons.
Arina (@voyagerarina) is a book reviewer voyaging the worlds of speculative fiction at Queen’s Book Asylum. When not championing indie and inclusive SFF, she enjoys programming, (TT)RPGing, and overall spreading the gospel of her sarcastic, chaotic neutral nature.
C. (@themiddleshelf1) fell into scifi and fantasy at 13 and has never recovered since. They can be found blogging about diverse books, novellas and small press publications at http://www.themiddleshelf.org or on Twitter.
Debbie (@Owlphabetical) doesn’t read as much as she’d like to, despite buying them as if she did. She doesn’t have a blog but occasionally tweets things that are not Wordle scores.
Fabienne (@flschwizer) can usually be found reading too many books at the same time and yelling about them to anyone who will listen on Libri Draconis or Grimdark Magazine. A reformed historian, she now spends her days thinking about stories in the publishing industry. https://linktr.ee/libridraconis
Imyril (@imyril) reviews SFF at There’s Always Room For One More and is the resident spreadsheet dragon for Wyrd and Wonder, SciFiMonth and Subjective Chaos (yes, even chaos benefits from a little organisation, shh).
Kris Vyas-Myall (@hammard_1987) is the co-founder of Cloaked Creators and someone who reads way too much fiction and likes anything bizarre, the weirder the better. They blog around the internet at various places including Galactic Journey and Geek Syndicate.
Leigh (@leighowyn) never reads enough and always tries to read more. She is generally found hanging about Twitter, reading about science and SFF, when she could be reading more books. Loves a spreadsheet, and is overly fond of exclamation marks!
Lisa (@deargeekplace, she/her) is a lifelong book nerd from Scotland who has gotten this far on the powers of tea, cake and enthusiasm and doesn’t see any reason to stop now. She is a co-host of online events Wyrd and Wonder and SciFiMonth, doesn’t have pets but wishes she could, and always looks both ways before crossing the street. https://deargeekplace.com/
Matt aka @RunalongWomble is a book tempter – ahem, blogger – at Runalongtheshelves. The sweet voice on your shoulder telling you that it’s ok to get a new book. They are not a Moriarty, honest.
ME: Aquavenatus (follow me on my other social media accounts here: https://linktr.ee/AquaVenatus)
Robin Rose Graves (@spicymisorobin) is a science fiction writer who will never pass up the opportunity to talk about what she is reading. To appease this need to review and analyze everything she reads, Robin has founded her BookTube channel, The Book Wormhole.
Sia is a worldwalker who stops by Earth occasionally to grab snacks in between jumping into new SFF realms. She uses far too much caps-lock and believes everything is better with unicorns. https://everybookadoorway.com/
Sun (@suncani1) is a SFF reader who can be found getting overly excited about a bunch of things on Twitter and occasionally pausing to pass longer comment at Libri Draconis as a contributor.
Best Fantasy Novel
Sistersong by Lucy Holland
The House of Rust by Khadija Abdalla Bajaber
The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri
The Unbroken by C.L. Clark
The Inheritance of Orquidea Divine by Zoraida Cordova
She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan
Wendy, Darling by A.C. Wise
Blackheart Knights by Laure Eve
A Master of Djinn by P. Djeli Clark
Best Science Fiction Novel
Far from the Light of Heaven by Tade Thompson
Several People are Typing by Calvin Kalsuke
Firebreak by Nicole Kornher-Stace
Notes from the Burning Age by Claire North
Meet Me in Another Life by Catriona Silvey
Shards of Earth by Adrian Tchaikovsky
Alyx: An AI’s Guide to Love and Murder by Brent A. Harris
The Unravelling by Benjamin Rosenbaum
A Desolation Called Peace by Arkady Martine
Best Blurred Boundaries (a.k.a. Genre-Blending) Novel
Light from Uncommon Stars by Ryka Aoki
Nightwatch on the Hinterlands by K. Eason
The Cabinet by Un-Su Kim
The Actual Star by Monica Byrne
The Library of the Dead by T.L. Huchu
On Fragile Waves by E. Lily Yu
The Light of the Midnight Stars by Rena Rossner
Sorrowlands by Rivers Solomon
The Velocity of Revolution by Marshall Ryan Maresca
This is Our Undoing by Lorraine Wilson
The Wolf and the Woodsman by Ava Reid
Unity by Elly Bangs
Inscape by Louise Carey
Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao
The Witch’s Heart by Genevieve Gornichec
The Councillor by E.J. Beaton
Best Young Adult Novel (NEW)
The Mirror Season by Anna-Marie McLemore
The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna
We Light Up the Sky by William Rivera
House of Hollow by Krystal Sutherland
Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan
The Kingston Cycle by C.L. Polk (Here’s my review of Witchmark)
Los Nefilim by T. Frohock
Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman
The Expanse by James S.A. Corey
& This is How We Stay Alive by Shingai Njeri Kagunda
Tower of Mud and Straw by Yaroslav Barsukov
Fireheart Tiger by Aliette de Bodard
A Manslaughter of Crows by Chris Willrich
A Psalm for the Well-Built by Becky Chambers
These Lifeless Things by Premee Mohamed
One Day All This Will Be Yours by Adrian Tchaikovsky
A Spindle Splintered by Alix E. Harrow
The Past is Red by Catherynne M. Valente
The Annual Migration of Clouds by Premee Mohamed
The Future God of Love by Dilman Dila
Sun-Daughters, Sea-Daughters by Aimee Ogden
Best Graphic Novel (NEW)
The Girl from the Sea by Molly Knox-Ostertag
Shadow Life by Hiromi Goto & Ann Xu
Lore Olympus by Rachel Smythe
Tidesong by Wendy Xu
Best Short Story
“Immortal Coil” by Ellen Kushner
“The Badger’s Digestion, or The First First-Hand Description of Deneskan Beastcraft by an Aouwan Researcher” by Malka Older
“The Amazing Exploding Women of the 20th Century” by A.C. Wise
“Homecoming Is Just Another Word For The Sublimation Of The Self” by Isabel J. Kim
I told you all I had A LOT of reading to get through in 2022. Let the Chaos commence!
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